Swans Islanders show support

I wish to thank everyone for their prayers and support upon the passing of my father, Dave Maney. I especially was touched when, at the recent Sunday evening hymn sing, a filled church sang “How Great Thou Art,” Dad’s favorite hymn, in honor of him. How blessed I am to be a part of this loving community.

Tammy Tripler and Karen Ann Martin encourage our support of PIK through the purchase of or advertising in the Swans Island Community Calendar. The cost is $8 per calendar and 25 cents per listing, and they would appreciate orders within the next two weeks. “It’s that time again … time to order your Swans Island Community Calendars! Heidi and Karen are mailing out copies of your listings and ads from last year so that you can add/delete or keep the same. Ads are $40 for small, $80 for large on the calendar. If you would like to add an ad or would like to add your birthdays/anniversaries to the calendar, call Heidi Martin at 460-4437. Your support of PIK (People Interested in Kids) through the calendar effort helps provide opportunities for the children in our community. Last year, we supplemented the breakfast program with a $2,000 donation, funded the Island Christmas Program (each child receives a gift) and other activities for the kids. PIK has its own post office box, box 87, to make sending us your check and calendar information less difficult. We prefer you mail it if possible, for it is easier to keep track of. Thank you in advance. Be sure to make your check out to PIK. Thanks again!”

Once again, the Island Institute is offering more scholarships and growth opportunities for our island students. Caroline Moore describes a new scholarship program, as well as a scholarship renewal one: “Beginning in this 2016-2017 school year, high school juniors are invited to apply to our Mentoring, Access and Persistence (MAP) Program, which provides students with leadership training, monthly webinars, college and scholarship application assistance and a peer mentor, in addition to a $500 per year renewable scholarship for post-secondary education. These services are available to eligible island high school juniors, including those interested in pursuing “nontraditional paths” such as two-year, vocational or technical programs at an accredited institution, and to students who are uncertain of their future plans. National research suggests that the availability of these support services plays a more significant role than scholarships alone in helping students overcome barriers to success and persist through graduation, and we are excited to be bringing these supports to island students.

We also will be running a one-time Maine Island Scholarship Renewal for island students who are currently attending post-secondary education or will graduate from high school in 2017, so they are still provided with support as we transition to MAP. Awards will be renewable for up to four years of post-secondary education. Students will not need to reapply each year but will be asked to submit a copy of their transcript to the Island Institute. Graduating high school students who plan to take a gap year for 2017-2018 and then begin post-secondary education should apply this year and defer their award.

Applications for both MAP and the one-time Maine Island Scholarship Renewal will be accepted between Dec. 1, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017. Links to both online applications will be available on the Community Development page of the Island Institute’s website. We also will send out an email and post the link to our Facebook page.” We encourage all our eligible students to take advantage of these opportunities and to know that there are a number of people on the island to help them with their applications.

Happy birthday to Rob Morang, Les Ranquist, Paul Adam Joy, Deb Schwabe, Oakley Carroll Walker and Donnie Staples. Anniversary blessings to Marc and Sarah Banks Turgeon.

Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

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